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NetworkWorld: Watch for speeding penguins

Jun 21, 2000, 15:25 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hochmuth)

"A large part of the Linux development community is working to ensure that Linux is ready for the next generation of superfast hardware platforms. One of the most well-known advanced Linux development projects is the IA-64 Linux Project, formerly known as the Trillian Project."

"The original development on Linux was done largely from an "outside-in" approach, with Linus Torvalds and the open source community working to make the code run better on the Intel processor. Intel has since realized the value of Linux running on its systems and has embraced the IA-64 Linux Project. With Intel on board, users can expect better support sooner for bug fixes in the 64-bit kernel and quicker development of Intel-compatible device drivers from hardware manufacturers."

"Itanium will not be the only new 64-bit processor for Linux. IBM's 64-bit microprocessor, the Power4, is still in the early development stages, with many hurdles left to jump until the production version ships. (It's not expected until late 2001.) However, one thing Power4 engineers can say is that it will be compatible with Linux."

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